Stump Grinding (Part 2)

Stump grinding is a messy job. It should be undertaken by a professional only. Austin Tree Service performs stump grinding services for their clients after a tree removal or for trees we haven’t even removed. If you have a stump that needs grinding, we can do it for you.

If you believe you have utility lines under the stump whether they are water, gas, electrical, etc., you should call 811 at least a few days before the stump grinding. They will coordinate with the utilities and those that are affected by the removal will come out to your property and mark the areas affected with paint (it will wash off with water). This helps us out immensely and allows us to know if a removal can be done. In some cases, the wires may be affected and we can’t risk cutting them.

Stump grinding is usually performed by stump grinding machines. We use stump grinding machines to perform our stump grinding services. Configured with a grinding wheel that has teeth, a stump grinder spins and operates with hydraulics back and forth to slowly grind a tree stump.  Some companies grind stumps out to a depth of approximately 2 feet below the ground. Austin Tree Service, however, only grind down to a depth of six inches. We do this to save you money on time and labor. It doesn’t take us long to do a stump grinding operation. That’s because we are experts in the procedure and have done it many times before.

Sometimes, axes need to be used to get the tree stump out of the ground. If that happens, we are more than capable of using those tools as well. We are well versed in all the processes surrounding stump grinding and you can trust in us to make your stump removal very efficient and well done.

After a stump grinding, shavings and wood chips are left behind. It can be a messy bit of business. Many of our customers wonder who will pick up the mess and are not inclined to have their stumps ground because of the inherent mess. However, we do offer pick up service and we will clean the area for you for a minimal cost. When we come out to estimate the job, we can estimate the clean up as well. Just ask.

You can contact us at 512-341-8888. We will handle the mess of a stump grinding so that you don’t have to. We will take care of everything. We are Austin Tree Service and we are your one-stop shop for all things tree-related.

Proper and Safe Tree Removal

treeremovalaustinWhen performing a tree removal in Austin, you must make sure it’s done in a proper and safe manner. We, at Austin Tree Service, have a certified arborist on staff to help ensure that this happens. First, we will come out and assess your tree. We will analyze your tree and tell you what needs to be done. We don’t undertake a tree removal Austin unless it is absolutely necessary. We do all we can to save your trees.

However, should it become apparent that you need a tree removal we will tell you the cost and give you information on how we are going to do the Austin tree removal. We want you to be informed about your tree removal Austin. It’s not safe for you to consider removing the tree yourself. It’s a dangerous job even for the expert. That’s why you need someone like us who understands how trees are best removed.

One of the main dangers associated with tree removal Austin are the tools. We use chainsaws and wood chippers. Even the smallest of distractions could cause serious damage in seconds. Our tree removal specialists wear proper clothes and take precautions to make sure we don’t get hurt. We are also licensed and insured. If we get hurt on your property you don’t have to pay for it. We don’t need to tell you that medical expenses can get very expensive if you were to get hurt while trying to do this yourself.

Even with the proper equipment, a tree removal in Austin can be problematic. Weak limbs can lead to falls. They are improper support systems. Another potential problem is electric lines. If someone working on a tree close to power or phone lines falls, they could get electrocuted. We take extra care to make sure that this does not happen while we’re working on your tree removal.

Finally, there are potential hazards inside the tree like insects or rotting wood. If the tree is already dying, there could be deadwood and unstable limbs or hollowed-out trunks. We are equipped to handle this and will be sure to take care of your tree removal Austin.

Give us a call today at 5132-341-8888 to have your tree removed by the experts at Austin Tree Service.


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The Top 8 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Tree Removal Company

Austin Tree Services IncDamaged or dead trees are not just unsightly; they pose potential hazards to you and your home especially during the next storm. It’s best in these situations to hire the best possible tree removal company. Leaving this work to the professionals is in your best interest. A tree removal company will give you peace of mind and help keep you safe. In this article, we’ll go over the top 8 questions you should ask before hiring a tree removal company. We hope they help you in your decision.

  1. Will the tree removal company provide you with an up-to-date certificate of insurance and copy of their work contract? You should ask this first because it’s very important to have this information. You want to make sure the tree removal company is properly insured and that you’re adequately protected should something go wrong.
  2. Does the company have adequate credentials? You should hire a company with an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist like us. Although there is no licensing required for performing tree service in the state of Texas, you want to find a service that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  3. What about references? You’ll want to ask the tree removal company for references from previous customers. They should be able to provide you with some you can get in contact with. Then, you should call them and ask them how satisfied they were with the service and anything else you can think of for an answer. You can also check the internet for referrals like on Angie’s List. If you’re a member of Angie’s List, you can find our reviews here.
  4. Will the tree removal company give you a detailed estimate? You should always try to get written estimates from three companies with equal credentials. Then, you compare the prices and scope of work. Don’t necessarily choose the cheapest option. Choose the best option.
  5. How will the company approach the job and what equipment will they use? You want a tree removal company to be sensitive to your home and needs. You don’t want them to use heavy power equipment on your lawn and flower beds. This will ruin them. If they do need to go across your lawn with equipment, make sure they know where sprinkler heads are so they don’t get damaged. You should ask what their policy is if they do in fact damage something. Make sure it’s acceptable to you. We suggest that you take a photo of the area before work begins in case there is damage. Also get an understanding of how the team will clean up once the job is finished. A good tree removal company will pick up after itself.
  6. When will you pay the tree removal company? A reputable tree service does not ask for money up front because they have the equipment necessary to do the job. Your contract terms should state that payment will be made when the job is completed to your satisfaction.
  7. Does the company appear professional? Is the company’s truck well taken care of? Their equipment? If they don’t take good care of their tools and trucks, then how can you trust them to take good care of your trees and your yard? Does their website appear professional and well put together? The design and content can give you an idea of how well they run their business.
  8. Will the crew be using safety gear while they’re on your property? OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires that people wear adequate tree climbing gear such as harnesses, belts and ropes for any tree care operation. Reputable tree companies require that their workers be protected.

When hiring a tree removal company, you should consider protection for yourself and your property. By asking these questions, you’ll go a long way toward achieving that goal. If you have any questions for us, at Austin Tree Services Inc., we’re happy to answer them. Give us a call today at 512-341-8888.